We're whetting our appetite for travel...
But for 2016, my dreams are more global in nature and I'm eager to try some new foods and flavours for the very first time, all while retracing my steps in search of spice and sentiment. Here's what's on my list - and I can't wait to hear what's on yours!
Flying fish tops my wish list.
It's famous in Barbados but you can find it throughout the Caribbean and it's a very inexpensive dish you can buy right beside the beach, making it the perfect meal for a cheap holiday. And we're just as excited about the side dishes as the fish itself, like macaroni pie, spicy rice, and fresh veggies. Could there be a more delicious escape from the Canadian winter?
Superb wine from sweet Slovenia.
I’m absolutely enthralled with planning our trip to this tiny, charming country. Visiting Slovenia's wine regions is at the top of my list. I have never been disappointed trying local wine and I can't wait to add one more country to my list!
(Update! We DID go to Slovenia in 2016! Alas, we didn't get to visit the vineyards but we did try a ton of Slovenian wine - well worth the visit!)
Satay, sambal, and sauce in Malaysia
In short: Peanut sauce, peanut sauce, peanut sauce! This is one of my favourite ingredients in the entire world and I can’t wait to try it out on its home turf. Sign me up for satay! I’m also really eager to try some spicy sambal on my taste buds as well. The more I hear about Malaysian food, the more eager I am to experience it first hand.
The best looking pie I've ever seen....
This epic, old fashioned, homemade cherry pie is made with fresh Niagara, Ontario cherries – no neon red canned filling here. I’ve been wanting to get back to Toronto for a long time now and spend more time enjoying (read: inhaling) the city’s renowned food scene. Madeleines Bakery and their glorious cherry pie sounds like a fantastic place to start.
A curry quest
I know Scotland conjures up visions of scones and shortbread and, trust me; we’ll have plenty of that as well. But Scotland, and all of Great Britain, does a mighty fine job when it comes to serving up traditional Indian cuisine. And since India isn’t on our travel radar right now, we’ve got high hopes the Scotland can step up to the plate. When a quest for the perfect curry is in order, it’s hard to say no!
A comfort quest
One of the things we love most about it is that it’s not on Stockholm’s best known island of Gamla Stan but instead on the more low key island of Lilla Essingen. It's quiet, sophisticated, and it feels like a real local's spot. And the lobster poached in warm butter is the stuff that dreams are made of! It's just a lovely spot and I can't wait to return.
Finally, a crazy quest!
Like most properties in Switzerland, Bern’s Hosteling International was clean, well-organized, and inviting and I wanted to make the most of my stay. So of course when it came to breakfast, I was eager to load up on free food. But Swiss style black bread isn’t my favourite thing so I heaped my toast with plum jam, a plum jam that has since become my life’s obsession!
It was the perfect blend of sweet and tart, with not so much sugar that it obscured the delicious fresh flavour of the jammy, smooth plum flesh, perfectly complimenting the bits of plum skin mixed in the jar. I’ve purchased dozens of inferior jam all over the world since, hoping I’ll come close to replicating this holy grail of condiments.
Of course, I know logically that the odds that this particular hostel still serves a particular brand of jam 15 years after the fact are astronomically low but a girl can dream, right?
UPDATE! We did go back to the hostel, they ARE still serving the same jam, and - surprise, surprise - it actually isn't plum but it's wild cherry jam. Getting to experience it all over again felt like life was coming full circle.
What's on your menu for the new year?
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